North Carolina announced that it will be a part of the Powerball lottery. Lottery stores in South Carolina said they will lose half of their business, not to mention there won't be as much cash for education.
It's never been easy for Red Rocket manager Ken Shoultes to keep the floors of his store clean. Usually, lottery foot traffic dulls the polish quickly.
But now, the shine might be wearing off the lottery business because Powerball is crossing the border.
"North Carolina people have no reason to come to South Carolina to play Powerball," said Shoultes.
He said 80 to 90 percent of all lottery players who visit his Carowinds Boulevard location are from North Carolina.
But once North Carolina joins Powerball in July, you won't be seeing players such as Rodney Taylor buying tickets in the Palmetto State.
"You've got to be an idiot to come down here, if it's right in your neighborhood," said Taylor.
Billy Braces said he will quit taking a bus down from Charlotte.
"It means I won't have to spend so much money to go anywhere to get it," said Braces.
All of the state's top lottery ticket sellers are on the state line, and for store employees, less traffic will impact more than ticket sales.
"It's really going to affect our inside sales, and our gas sales a lot. And, as I said, eventually it affects paychecks, because I'm going to have hours cut from me," said store employee Becky Harbert.
Shoultes said he was counting on the Tar Heel State to join a different multi-state game. He said that would have softened the blow.
"I was surprised, and pretty disappointed they didn't go with the mega-millions. But we'll have to deal with it as best we can with them having Powerball," said Shoultes.
The state of South Carolina is preparing to lose $150 million to North Carolina when its lottery gets going.
North Carolina just hired five more people for its new education lottery. The executive director has permission to hire about 60 senior managers and staff to help get the lottery up and running.
North Carolina's lottery starts in April with scratch-off tickets. Powerball should be up and running by July.